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[hin-doo] /ˈhɪn du/
a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.
Origin of Hindu
1655-65; < Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix
Related forms
non-Hindu, noun, adjective
pro-Hindu, adjective
pseudo-Hindu, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • I hired here, at a good price, a Hindu cabriolet, from a Kachmyrian.

  • This town, a little ancient Hindu town, is two hours journey from Dohnavur.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • But everywhere all over India it is, to every orthodox Hindu, part of his very self.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • December 16, 1903, was spent by three of us in a rest-house on the outskirts of a Hindu town.

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    Amy Carmichael
  • A Hindu in a town in the northern part of our district lay dying.

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British Dictionary definitions for Hindu


/ˈhɪnduː; hɪnˈduː/
noun (pl) -dus, -doos
a person who adheres to Hinduism
an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism
relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India
Word Origin
C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi
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Word Origin and History for Hindu

1660s, from Persian Hindu (adjective and noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Sanskrit sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. The Hindu Kush mountain range is said to mean literally "Indian killer," and was said to have been the name given by the Persians to a pass where their Indian slaves had perished in winter, but this is likely folk etymology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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